No magic wand Job search in earnest can take anything from 6 months to a year – about how you market yourself that will make the difference
Think about your preferences in terms of working environment, fit with organisation, likes and dislikes – Adult directions, prospects planner Do a skills audit – what am I good at? Think about the skills that employers are looking for (will talk more about this later) Recognised key sources CDC webpages occupational sectors ‘ Your career, what next?’
Draw up a hit list of companies Sector Vs occupation Occupation Vs Sector
Large firms primarily recruit through own website and placement schemes Smaller firms more likely to recruit via speculative approaches Fewer vacancies with large firms – think about casting your net widely by looking at other kinds of firms, for example; If you can’t find a job in any of these areas, you can always create your own job. Can you think of any employer at the moment that is virtually recession-proof?
Most people love to job search via the internet, but it is the least effective method; An email is forgotten in 15 mins A phone call may stick in the memory for a few days A face to face conversation is likely to be remembered far longer if you follow it up Useful fact: job seekers and employers use opposite strategies to achieve the same results (which makes you wonder how anyone ever gets a job at all!) At the two ends of the spectrum: Employers will prefer to take on someone they know (via networks, recommendations or internships); it is relatively risk free and they know what they are getting. Job seekers prefer to respond to advertised posts, of which there are hundreds of applicants all hoping to be shortlisted; for the employer, this is a high risk form of recruitment, as they never really know what they are going to get.
Networking tip; give your time generously
Other most scary things: giving large presentations and entering a room full of people you don’t know! Quality of networking = making your conversations count Interested Vs interesting: how can you help the other person
Have a set of questions ready Find out about the person’s job role, sector info, how to get into field etc Try to get a follow up contact name or organisation Don’t forget to thank them for their time Informational interviewing Important: You are NOT looking for a job, you are looking for INFORMATION Make contact with people doing the sorts of role/type of work in which you are interested Ask if you can discuss their job with them Prepare a list of questions. What information do you want from them? What is involved in a typical working day? What qualifications did you need? Do they enjoy the work? What’s the best aspect? Worst aspect? Do they know of anyone else who might be looking for new staff/able to offer work experience/shadowing? Hopefully, you will get another contact who you can either arrange another informational interview with OR to whom you can send a speculative application
Mention in your Covering letter that you will be following up with a phone call.
On the back of your action plan – write “ME” in the middle of the page
Pick one of the jobs that you’d like. Who do you know who might be able to help you with finding information about the job and potential vacancies?
Networking exercise Runs own building firm and does own HR Tony (Uncle) Theresa (Neighbour) Works in a recruitment agency Jenny (Zumba) Welfare officer in a bank Matthew (Brother) Julie (Friend) H&S trainer Sumi (Colleague) Nigel (ex colleague) TU Officeer Mark (Her husband) Plays squash with NHS HR manager As you start chasing leads, you can add to it. The above does not include contact through groups (alumni association), online (linkedin) or ‘warm’ leads HR at work / at university. ME